As a social worker and someone who lives with bipolar disorder, Ruth has an intimate knowledge of the mental health services system in the USA, both as client and provider. After being hospitalized more than a decade ago, she vowed that it would be her first and last time. Determined to continue her career as an academic, she spent hundreds of hours researching brain science to find ways to improve her own mental health. This culminated into her first book, Bipolar 101, which was a highly successful primer on the illness. While doing this research, she came to understand that what worked for her, as someone with a chronic mental illness, also works for everyday people with no diagnosis who are in search of ways to improve their mental health and well-being. Her public health background led her to focus on the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental wellness.
Ruth was born in the UK, grew up in Jamaica and Canada, and has spent the past two decades on the west coast of the United States. An elite athlete in her youth, she was a champion sprinter and long jumper, and also played field hockey, netball and swam for her high school teams in Canada and Jamaica. Her passion for exploring cultures and places has taken her around the globe. She loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker, sailor, kayaker, and a neophyte diver. When her schedule allows she also models and acts. She is the mother of one daughter.
Her mission is to make the world a healthier and happier place.